The return of ‘Links I liked’ – do you want a weekly round up?

May 12, 2014

     By Duncan Green     

I gave up doing ‘links I liked’ roundups when I went on twitter, thinking that they had become redundant. But a few people have suggested reinstating them, either because (shockingly) they haven’t yet joined the twitterati, or because they miss things in the twitterstream. So here are some of the best of last week’s tweeted links – want me to continue the exercise?

Harvard’s Ricardo Hausman on why technology doesn’t diffuse – not bad institutions, but the nature of technology itself

Aren’t stats silly sometimes? The World Bank’s new calculation of national GDP adjusted for local price levels magically reduced global absolute poverty bar_global_revisedby half last Tuesday (from 20% to 9%, according to calculations by CGD). Unfortunately, poor people won’t have noticed any difference…..

The aid business has acquired its very own satirical online magazine. Check out the first edition of DevBalls, with DFID in the crosshairs.

Rwanda tops the league for women in parliament (51 out of 80 seats, the only country over 50%) and Africa has 4 in top 10. UK ranks 65th [h/t John Burton]

Great news. Yemen to vote on comprehensive Child Rights Act banning child marriage and female genital mutilation

31 stereotype maps – ‘Africa according to Americans’ etc. Something for everyone in this lot [h/t Irungu Houghton]

‘The Most Important “Sexy” Model Video Ever’. Not sure what to make of this disturbing, provocative (both senses) video from Save the Kids. What do you think – clever? Bad taste? Both?

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May 12, 2014
Duncan Green